As well as hearing from people seeking funding, we asked Soupers to share news of interesting things coming up. Community stuff that you’ll probably want to get involved with.


Helen from regular Soup supporters Essex Feminist Collective invited people to a private viewing of Women’s Work art exhibition about to open at the Beecroft Gallery. The viewing takes place on Wednesday 10 February 18.30 – 20.30. Entry is by donation (suggested donation of £3) with proceeds going to SOS Rape Crisis and SOS Domestic Abuse Projects (Dove).

Stanford from former Soup winning group CAST (Communities and Sanctuary Seekers Together) announced a Barn Dance, taking place Saturday 13 February, 19:30 at Prince Avenue School in aid of HARP. Famous Potatoes will be leading the dancing. Tickets are £10 for adults, £7.50 for children and available through the Potatoes or HARP websites, or from

Famous Potato (and regular face at Soup) Keith Baxter announced a concert taking place at Crowstone URC on Saturday 27 February at 19:30 (tickets £7, £5 for concessions) organised by Abi Knight in aid of the church and the British Heart Foundation. As well as the Potatoes, the event features clarinetist William Knight and duo Whom by Fire.

Adriana, who has presented and spoken at several Soups, announced a women’s conference that she’s organising – for the third year – with local women. The EDEN Conference, Saturday 12 March, 13:00 – 18:00, is a celebratory day with talks, stall holders and workshops. Although women are the focus of the event, this year men are welcome to take part too. Tickets are £10. The event is not-for-profit. After costs, any profits will be distributed to local charities. Tickets available via the website. Adriana also runs regular meetups for women, which are free to join.

Just Listening to You is a supportive listening group (and two-times Soup winner!) for people affected by low level mental health issues. As well as Friday meetings in Wickford, the group now meets every Wednesday from 14:00 – 16:30 at Crowstone URC.
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Previous winner Caitlin Mander organises breastfeeding support groups around Southend-on-Sea.
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First ever Soup winner, Kamil Pachalko, announced the Southend-in-Transition Community Allotment   would be restarting for 2016 with more weekend open days: giving people with limited time and space a chance to learn about and grow food in a pleasant community. Or, you can just pop in for a cuppa! Kamil says: “if we get together enough human power I hope to create a family friendly plot. Mums and Dads can bring their little ones to give them experiences with food growing, and not worry that they will run into the neighbour’s compost heap or climb onto the shed.” Contact details are on the website. Send me your email or mobile number if you want to be first to know about the dates!

Kamil also wanted us to add a special thank you, and I’m happy to do so on behalf of all Soupers: “Thanks to my lovely Alicja Benarek for the home made play dough seemed to go down a treat with the kids.”


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